Tehran at Twilight

Akashic. Oct. 2014. 236p. ISBN 9781617752926. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781617753336. F
Reza Malek and his father escaped Tehran before the revolution, settling in California, where Reza attended Berkeley and met his best friend, Sina Vafa. After earning degrees, the two inseparable companions acted as interpreters for war correspondents reporting on the violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Americanized Reza published a book about his impressions and received a plum job offer at a college in New York City, while Sina returned to Tehran, a city rife with corruption and political intrigue, to become entangled with a reactionary anti-Western organization. When Sina phones Reza, asking for help, Reza has every reason to say no until Sina reveals that he has found Reza's mother, thought to have abandoned her family 30 years before. Straddling two disparate worlds, Reza struggles to understand his mother's story and his friend's involvement in a treacherous game.
VERDICT Abdoh (The Poet Game), codirector of the MFA program in creative writing at City College of New York, gives readers a visceral sense of life in a country where repression is the norm, someone is always watching, and your past is never really past. Recommended for espionage aficionados and for readers who enjoy international settings. [See "Books for the Masses," Editors' BEA Picks, LJ 7/14, p. 30.]
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing